Classical Music…Temporal Ethnic Sound

Coining the term Temporal Ethnic Sound (TM) as I wrote a response to the list of orchestras that will not be opening this season.
Classical music shaped so much of what we hear today. Those  I, IV, V I progressions, including  the Blues, Jazz which are American Music.

(Yes there are roots from Africa , British Isles  as well) We are Global, we are transient and have to maintain our  rich and diverse Ethnic Music. I’m starting to think of Classical Music as a type of Temporal Ethnic Sound. (TM-VR)


I see (hear) Classical as “The Oldies” and see the  need to maintain this genre as it’s scope is vast. If we took down the paintings and works of art from the same Classical , Baroque, Impressionist etc eras..we’d have so much less to offer our people. Lack of exposure to this variety would be a shame.


That the brain scan images (SPECT) prove that classical music makes us function better may be a fact not known to many. Daniel Levine has written books such as “The World in 6 Songs”, Oliver Sacks has a few important volumes as well. There is proof that we thrive with exposure to these instruments and music.  If you want to help your child with homework play a little Mozart in the background. It may help organize the brain so as to make the processing go more smoothly. The music by Bach is so well organized.

If we only offer compressed MP3s, lo fi headphones and no live music, all will be electronic. What we miss in terms of timbre or colors, will go undetected and it’s like taking a chunk of colors out of the rainbow.


Baskin Robins with just one boring flavor? America with only what we are hearing on the radio these days? The formulaic rehashing of brashness? It’s like having a stick of jerky for a meal instead of a  plentiful Thanksgiving repast..

Fortunately some European countries continue to support Classical Music. It’ going to be a heft ticket price to have to go there to witness the grand scale in person. And there is just no other way to fully experience this music-

Live and in Person.

Playing for Free

“It is unethical to expect trained and qualified professionals to contribute quality content for nothing,”

from the writers for the Huffington Post, 2/28/2011

new artists for Starbucks ?…oh well

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Music, Buy it don’t steal it

Sam Rosenthal Although I agree with most of what Michael says — and I’m always telling my fans to BUY MUSIC, rather than STEAL IT — I will disagree by saying there still is money to be earned in the music industry. Legal digital income increases every year for my label; it actually evens out with the loss of money from physical sales. “Staying the same is the new getting ahead” — that’s my slogan.

Mike Blaty replies“LOL… I like your motto Sam and it is too true. It happens that I also agree with the fact that there is still money to be earned in music. It’s just much harder to achieve under the current set of non-rules. Perhaps my point was made too ardently and too pessimistically. I still have hope that the music industry will somehow right itself.

Though I think it’s in our nature to choose the free option rather than the one that costs money when given the choice, I have hope there will be a way to keep artists doing what fires their souls. I speak more from the frustration of my own ignorance as to how it is currently done, than from a blanket rebuke of that which I clearly do not understand.

As a recording engineer, I started about the same time as you, Sam. Some of the most rewarding moments of my life were spent in that chair helping to create music. It’s a calling that defies all efforts of self preservation by denial. Now that I’ve taken jobs in other areas of the industry, I scratch at my missing studio like the phantom itch of a missing limb. I used to glibbly say that even if people didn’t pay me to record, I would do it anyway… but it turns out we all have to make a living sometime. It makes me happy to know that some still cut a path down this overgrown, but worthy trail.”

Music industry, history and today

Mike B: Peter is right that there were some fantastic major labels during the album oriented rock and adult contemporary period (ie Geffen, A&M and GRP). Unfortunately those labels were either bought out or crushed by numbers-driven, multinational corporations during the 1980’s. I would still argue that the landscapewas better when the filter and promotion of major labels was relevant. That’s the current issue. Some of these major and independant labels still exist, but they are largely irrelevant. In todays market, record labels are much less of a success vehicle, yet they still take their traditional pound of flesh from the recording artist. I make no contention about their desirablility one way of the other, but they can do much less, and they provide much less than they did in the past and still require the same percentages. It has also been many years since those labels did tour support. On those lines, Don Henley wrote an article in 2004 called “Killing the Music” and it is a good read for those who have wittnessed the changes.

dialogue re decline to Lo Fi listening

Mike B cont..However, it makes me sad as a songwriter, musician and recording engineer, that the average listener is far less interested in posessing a high quality recording of their favorite songwriter/artist than they are in downloading a billion songs to their crappy MP3 player or iPhone in low resolution. The idea of a cohesive album is lost, as is listening to everything besides that one tune you’ve been hearing on the radio. That may be the current reality, but it is a sad one.

Dialogue re music biz

jeff Deen Congrats on starting this dialouge, Vicki. I was speaking with Mike Blaty the other day about it, and I observed that we went from having everything being dictated by the big record companies and radio stations to now, having so much access to music that we cannot filter out all the crap. Not to say that the big companies were successful in filtering out all the crap- they just knew what crap would sell to the masses. Seems like there could be a role for musician co-ops to market themselves, or at least have many related artists under one site, perhaps maintained by a common manager or booking agent. Not sure how it would work. But at least we’re talking.

How do you buy your music?

I posted this….How do you buy music? Let me know if you are in the 25-35, 35-45, 45-55, 60 + up age group if you don’t mind. Or not…..
just how online, iTUnes or CD Baby, Rhapsody, Amazon, other…physical CD, download whole albums, 99cent songs…Thanks much
I trade CDs with other artists it seems..all original creative types..from jazz to bluegrass and kirtans too. I bought 99 cent downloads of a singer I was to work with. There wasn’t enough time for him to send me the repertoire. Worked out very well for the gig!

Music offline to online: recent history, the industry, changes, musicians paralyzed by theft online

This was a Facebook entry by a recording engineer/friend. Here’s a view from the helm…A recent history of what has happened. I think it’s worth reading and pondering. As to fixing…that’s left to us.

I honestly sit paralyzed with no idea of how to proceed through the current music industry. I have no clue of how people find new music they enjoy.

In 1996 I received a lecture as to what a revolution the internet would be for the music business. Instead it systematically destroyed the part that was working along with the corporate parts that weren’t.

Most often I’m frustrated and confounded that not only do people have free access to downloading art that took a great deal of time, effort and money to create, but that there is no longer guilt associated with taking it.

Combine that with the fact that we now have no filter between milliions of postings from Bobby’s first “Twinkle Twinkle” to the latest release from your favorite band, and nobody knows where to find new good music.

In five years we went from the austere interpretations of corporate record labels and focus group driven radio to media overload and internet chaos.

Check your favorite category on CD baby, then realize that you would have to listen to 5 seconds of each song everyday for the rest of your life without a break and you would still not sift through enough material to find that which touches your heart.

This is, in my opinion, NO improvement.